McCallister, a 6-foot-5, 203-pounder from Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth, has experienced one of the most dramatic recruiting stock rises in recent state history. In less than two months, he has collected 16 scholarship offers, including offers from Florida, Notre Dame, UNC, NC State, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
"It's real exciting," McCalister said. "I'm having fun with it.
"It's surprising how it came about. Not even two months ago I didn't even have one [scholarship offer] – now I have 16."
Schools whose base defense is a 4-3 are recruiting McCalister as a defensive end. Schools that employ a 3-4 scheme are recruiting him as a weak-side linebacker.
Due to the sudden rise in college attention, McCalister is not ready to name favorite schools.
"I just know I have more information on the schools I've visited so far," McCalister said.
In addition to UNC, McCalister has visited Florida, NC State, and South Carolina. He's in the process of scheduling trips to Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.
Towards the end of the month, McCalister plans to assemble a top five schools list, with help from his mother.
"Academics are No. 1 and then the football in general [are the important factors]," McCalister said.
Besides spending time with Mogridge and touring UNC's campus, McCalister's UNC visit also included a film session with Joe Robinson, UNC's defensive line coach.
"We were just talking football," McCalister said. "We were watching film on techniques and stances."
McCallister recently transferred into West Forsyth from Winston-Salem (N.C.) R.J. Reynolds where he accumulated 100 tackles and eight sacks as a junior.